PORT COQUITLAM, AUGUST 17, 2015 — The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, together with the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association, is working to develop a Port Coquitlam Fire Relief Fund to assist businesses that were affected by the  July 30 fire that devastated downtown businesses on Shaughnessy Street. In partnership with Westminster Savings Credit Union, an account has been opened into which any funds raised or donated can be deposited.

Led by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Port Coquitlam Fire Relief Task Force will be set up with a Terms of Reference and criteria for the purposes of deciding how money raised for the business owners and employees directly impacted by the fire should be disbursed. The task force will include members of the Tri-Cities Chamber and Port Coquitlam BIA executives. A staff member from the City of Port Coquitlam will play an advisory and liaison role for the task force.

Donations to the Port Coquitlam Fire Relief Fund can be made at any Westminster Savings branch (please reference account #461910202).

Quote from the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce: 
“The Tri-Cities business community has been fantastic at coming together to provide relief for these businesses. The entire downtown area has been affected by this fire and we plan to do all we can to make sure that our local businesses remain strong and viable during a crisis.” – Michael Hind, Executive Director

Quote from the Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association:
“Port Coquitlam is a close knit community and we are doing what we do best—coming together to support our neighbours in a time of crisis. The efforts like this one are integral to building our community in Downtown PoCo and make this area a great place to do business.” – Kayla Steele, Executive Director

Quote from City of Port Coquitlam:
“The City is pleased to see our partners—the Chamber, the BIA and the business community—come together to help the businesses that were impacted by the fire get through this difficult time. It is community efforts like this that make Port Coquitlam a wonderful place to live, work and do business.” – Greg Moore, Mayor.

Quote from Westminster Savings Credit Union:
“The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association have been doing a great job in coordinating relief efforts in the wake of the recent fire. Port Coquitlam is a close knit community and Westminster Savings is pleased to help coordinate an account into which donations can be made to support those who have been affected.” – Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings Credit Union

About the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce:

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

About the Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association

The PoCo BIA was formed in 1994 by a group of merchants that came together to work for the betterment of downtown businesses. Our members today number more than 300 and benefit from networking opportunities, increased profile and having an advocate working on their behalf. We exist to promote the interests of our members: the businesses and licensed business operators of downtown Port Coquitlam. We do this by promoting local shopping, engaging in economic development activities, providing a voice for business, and finding opportunities to highlight our members. We believe that giving back is a great way to increase our members’ exposure while building loyalty and relationship in the community.
For further information, please contact:

Michael Hind, Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.464.2716

Kayla Steele, Executive Director
Port Coquitlam BIA
T: 604.464.1490